Fiasko Records
Gnomus (photo by Pentti Ronkanen)


Gnomus is an extraordinary Finnish group that plays experimental improvised music. The trio, formed in 1998, consists of Kari Ikonen (keyboards), Mika Kallio (drums) and Esa Onttonen (guitars). As opposed to playing pre-composed pieces the music of Gnomus shapes itself during the performance. The music evolves according to the environment and exploits the advantages of acoustics. Listener may notice features from such musical phenomena as ambient, free jazz, radiophony, modalism and cacophony.

The Albums

  1. In September 2000 the debut album of Gnomus was released by Fiasko Records. The CD is currently out of print but available as a downloadable MP3 album from The Ground. (Note: Requests for CD reissues by email are vital for getting the CD reissued - no demand means no reissue).
  2. The last leg of the 2003 Finland tour was recorded for the 2nd album, named simply II. The album was released on March 27, 2004.
  3. The third Gnomus release was 28 août 2005, a limited edition CD-R issue of the Gnomus concert recorded in Nantes, France on August 28, 2005.
  4. The latest addition to the Gnomus discography is their first "studio album", Diagnosis, released in 2007.
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The first studio album of Gnomus. Nominated for Jazz Emma prize.

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28 août 2005

A complete Gnomus concert recorded live in Nantes. Limited Edition.

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(Released: March 2004).

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Out of print! (Released: April 2001).


Gnomus has performed mainly in Finland, most notably by playing in eleven cities all over the country on a "Vapaat Äänet Goes Free Ambient" tour in March 2003. After the tour Gnomus performed at the Grenoble Jazz Festival in France where they have continued performing ever since. In March 2004 Gnomus played at the Amiens Jazz Festival with a local string orchestra, and at the Les Rendez-vous de l'Erdre in Nantes at the end of August 2005. The most recent international performance occured at the Alternativa festival in Prague, Czech Republic in November 2008.

Download tech rider / stage map.

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